Author Archives : Lauren Pearson

“Collaborations, Co-operatives, Coalition-building” Working Group

“Collaborations, Co-operatives, Coalition-building” Working Group   About The 2017-18 Critical Theory Working Group “Collaborations, Co-Operatives, Coalition-Building”: Composer, historian, and civil rights activist Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon once asserted, “if you’re in a coalition and you’re comfortable, you know it’s not a broad enough coalition.” Echoing Reagon’s sentiment, Judith Butler asserted in a recent public discussion […]

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Movement as Research: October 18

Movement as Research Cursors: Undoing Bodies Moved by Language Artist Talk with Will Rawls   Response by Tonika Sealy-Thompson (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies) Wednesday, October 18 at 5:30 pm 308A Doe Library (map) What moves us, writes us, and undoes us? Rawls reflects on his research-based practice of interrogating the matter of marked bodies […]

Curation as Research: September 19

Curation as Research: Contemporary Art in Central America Miguel A. López and Emiliano Valdés in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson (History of Art) Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30 pm Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities (map) López and Valdés will reflect on their experiences organizing exhibitions that focus on the visual art and performance of […]


Future of Cultural Criticism | Technology, Race, Popular Culture

Future of Cultural Criticism | Technology, Race, Popular Culture Art + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Feb. 27, 2017 By: Tonika Sealy-Thompson Through this series my peers and I have been given chance to think together with some of the sharpest commentators on contemporary culture.  We glimpsed the dizzying possibilities […]


The Arts and Public Service

The Arts and Public Service Thursday, May 11, from 6:00-8:00pm Koret Education Center, SFMOMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco What role can artistic engagement play in imagining the future of public life? How might artistic research support public policy or strategies of social change? Join the Arts + Design Initiative, Yerba Buena Center for the […]



Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA Video Archvie

This semester the Arts + Design Initiative presented a Spring 2017 season of lectures as part of our program Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA. Lectures were organized with multiple units on campus including the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, Arts Research Center, and The Future of Cultural Criticism.  Leaders and educators in arts and design […]

California Countercultures Video Archive

This spring 2017 semester at UC Berkeley featured an engaging and informative lecture series Thinking Through the Arts and Design at Berkeley: California Countercultures, organized by Big Ideas Courses and the Arts + Design Initiative. The course and embedded lecture series, which will occur again in Fall 2017, is open to the public each Wednesday at noon in BAMPFA’s Theater. […]

Clay Geerdes: Cockettes Go Shopping, 1972; digital print; 42 x 28 in.; courtesy David Miller, from the estate of Clay Geerdes.